Saturday, January 13, 2007

Daddy's Little Girl


They have such a big responsibility, don't they? They are the playmates, the taste-testers, the experimenters. They are the providers. "Daddy" is the protector. I remember growing up in that reality - my dad protected us for as long as he could (or had to) hold on to us. There is a question I would like to share with you today.

"What is a dad's primary role - teacher, protector, provider, pal, or disciplinarian?"

My dad says Protector without a doubt. He was. My husband says Provider without a doubt. And he is. I remember my dad most as a protector AND teacher, though. He would teach ethics every day of our lives, and continues to do so. Maybe the answer changes as your children grow and their needs change. But what a neat role to play - Daddy. All the diaper changes, late night rocking when Mom is at the end of her rope, the games to keep them occupied while dinner is cooking, the hugs and kisses, and the Snack Man role they get to play. Thanks to all you dads, whichever is your favorite role in your children's lives. We appreciate you.

5 comments:

Heth said...

Hear, Hear!

MOM said...

I SAY PROTECTOR. HE HAS ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL THAT HE WOULD PROTECT ME NO MATTER WHAT.
MAYBE THAT COMES FROM BEING A US VETERAN!! HAIL TO OUR PROTECTORS, YOUNG AND OLDER.

Natalie Joy said...

Beautiful tribute to your dad and your husband.

meLanie said...

what a sweet post. i think my dad was a provider, i think josh is a teacher. but glory to the one who fills all the shoes, the father who never fails.
a boy? ah, not very long...

mommy to four j's said...

Amen sister I odn't know how single moms can do it. My husband is the rough houser they love to play with him Char